9th January, 2015
The son of kung fu star Jackie Chan went on trial on drugs charges in Beijing on Friday, a court said, accused of providing a venue for others to use drugs.
Jaycee Chan, who like his father has worked as an actor and singer, was detained in August after police said they found 100 grams of marijuana in his Beijing home.
Authorities outlined the charges against the younger Chan last month.
“The trial has started on schedule,” the Dongcheng District People’s Court said in an online post Friday.
Chan and Ko Chen-tung, a Taiwanese actor also known as Kai Ko, both tested positive for marijuana according to state media, and Kai made tearful televised confessions.
At least 10 locally known stars have been detained on drug-related charges last year, state-run media have said.
The arrests have been seen by observers as part of a wider campaign on morals by Beijing, which has also targeted prostitution and the wider drugs trade.
Around 200 mainly domestic journalists at the Dongcheng court were allowed to set up their equipment outside the building as the defendant arrived, and reporters were invited to wait in a conference room in the court building, where staff gave updates while handing out bottled water.
The court is also providing a live report from its account on China’s Twitter-like Sina Weibo.
The scene at the court was far removed from trials of dissidents, which domestic journalists generally do not attend except for a select few from state-run outlets.
Foreign journalists at sensitive trials are often aggressively targeted by plain clothes police if they go within even a few blocks of the courthouse.
Jaycee Chan has featured in several films but has not so far won the acclaim earned by his father, one of Asia’s best-known actors with a string of Hollywood hits to his name.
Shortly after his son’s detention, Jackie Chan father said in a Weibo post that he was “extremely angry and extremely shocked”.
“As a public figure, I am ashamed. As a father I feel terrible,” he said in August.